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Salmon Return

Updated 7 years ago

So far, they’re coming back in good numbers.

Biologists have been checking the Veazie fish trap for about a week now.

As of Tuesday afternoon, they’ve captured 33 salmon. Last year, it took all of May to reach the same tally.

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911 Glitch

Updated 7 years ago

A spokesman says technicians are now trying to confirm the problem so it won’t recur. FairPoint spokesman Jeff Nevins says fixing the glitch is &quot:a top priority.&quot:

There have been several instances of prolonged gaps in 911 service for some Cumberland County residents since mid-April, most recently last weekend. Now, calls are going through the state police communications center in Gray, which is serving as a backup system.

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Toxic Chemical Ban

Updated 7 years ago

Pingree is featured on the CBS Evening News in a two-part series on toxic flame retardants.

Pingree sponsored the bill in 2007 that banned a certain flame retardant chemical in Maine household products. Three years earlier she passed a bill banning two other flame retardants that have been proven to harm humans and the environment.

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Possible National Guard Deployment

Updated 7 years ago

The Brewer based unit of the National Guard Brigade have been alerted for possible deployment to Afghanistan in 2010.

The unit is made up of about 160 soldiers, and is part of the 86th Brigade Combat Team from the Vermont National Guard.

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Land Preservation

Updated 7 years ago

The New England Forestry Foundation and the Downeast Lakes Land Trust say the $35 million raised will protect 445 miles of lake shore on 60 lakes and 1,500 miles of riverfront in Washington County.

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University Vote

Updated 7 years ago

A big vote by University of Maine system trustees is scheduled to take place Monday. The vote will decide whether to raise tuition costs.

Members will also decide whether to increase campus fees for the next academic year.

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Atwood Waives Jury Trial

Updated 7 years ago

The 38-year-old Atwood is accused of killing 38-year-old Cheryl Murdoch of Waterville, whose decomposed body was found in August 2006 in Canaan. Atwood’s trial is scheduled to begin June 3rd.

Atwood was previously charged with murdering his wife, Shirley Moon Atwood, but that charge was dropped. Shirley Moon Atwood was never found.

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Tuition Increase

Updated 7 years ago

Under the plan, average tuition and fees for a full-time in-state student within the seven-campus system will grow by $720 a year, to $7,822.

The board, meeting today in Presque Isle, also endorsed an 11%increase in student financial aid to help offset higher tuition rates.

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Lobster Boat Mischief

Updated 7 years ago

18-year old Kenneth Chandler was arrested in connection with a lobster boat that was found circling off Jonesport Monday morning.

The 31-footer called the &quot:Lisa Marie&quot: was going in circles with no one on board.

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Kidnapping Trial Rescheduled

Updated 7 years ago

39-year-old Steven Robbins, and 36-year-old Juanita Mullins are charged with robbery, burglary, kidnapping, and assault.

Police say more than three years ago, the couple handcuffed Robbins’ grandmother to her bed, bound her legs and put a pillow case over her head, before stealing her safe containing $60,000.

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Oakland Woman Dies in Motorcycle Accident

Updated 7 years ago

The crash happened on the Pond Road at about 6:30 Sunday night.

State Police tell us the victim is 42-year-old Sarah Lamarre.

According to witnesses, Lamarre was riding a motorcycle northbound toward Oakland, when her bike hit the soft shoulder of the road, then went airborne.

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Winning Ticket Sold in Lubec

Updated 7 years ago

The winning jackpot ticket in the Tri-State

Megabucks lottery was sold in the eastern Maine town of Lubec.

Lottery officials said the ticket for Saturday night’s drawing

was sold at McFadden’s Variety. The jackpot has an annualized value

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More Flood Help on the Way

Updated 7 years ago

Residents of Penobscot county can now register for federal disaster assistance for damages related to late April’s flooding.

President Bush’s declaration frees up federal grants and low interest loans to individuals and businesses.

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Construction Set to Begin in Old Town

Updated 7 years ago

Construction is expected to start Monday on a wish come true for a mother of four from Old Town who’s fighting for her life.

Crews have spent the week pouring the foundation for a new home for Sonya Barclay, her husband and their children.

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Click It or Ticket

Updated 7 years ago

With the Memorial day weekend fast approaching…Maine is joining every other state in the nation for this year’s &quot:Click it — or Ticket&quot: campaign.

Beginning Monday and running through June first, police are warning if they see you driving without a seatbelt, you will be ticketed.

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Child Porn Sentence

Updated 7 years ago

Thirty-year-old Blake Hampe of Manchester, N.H., who faced up to 20 years behind bars, was also sentenced Friday to 10 years of supervised release after he completes his prison term.

Hampe was arrested in September 2006 in Bar Harbor after arriving from Nova Scotia by ferry. According to court documents, customs officers who searched his vehicle found a laptop computer that contained image and video files of child pornography.

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Tazer Officer Not Charged

Updated 7 years ago

The attorney general’s office has been investigating the incident since video surfaced.

It’s against the law to use a taser in Maine except for defense.

In his report, deputy Attorney General William Stokes says the state will not press charges because the officer who was tased does not feel he’s a crime victim.

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Unemployment Rate

Updated 7 years ago

The national rate for April was 5 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman says April unemployment was down as the number of working residents increased. She says that’s encouraging, but would have to continue for several months before it can be considered a trend.

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Real ID

Updated 7 years ago

Today’s appearance of Kathleen McGee of Bowdoinham and Donna Bendiksen of Portland along with others opposed to the state law showed a united front during a petition drive aimed at collecting 55,000 signatures by July 17th to put the proposal on the November ballot.

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Bar Harbor Vandals

Updated 7 years ago

17 stones in the historic Village Burial Ground have been damaged.

Ship’s captains and some of the town’s founding families are buried there.

The Bar Harbor Historical Society is helping refurbish the cemetary.

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